April 16, 2010

Good Morning America

For many, preparing a hearty breakfast is as easy as snap, crackle, and pop.  But for those on a low sodium diet, achieving a balanced morning meal poses a bit of a challenge.

By the time you’ve hit the snooze button, packed up your gym bag (just in case), and headed off to the day’s first appointment, there’s barely enough time to tie your shoe laces, let alone fry up some scrambled eggs.  As a result, that all important first meal of the day tends to fall into the dine and dash category.  Bagels, cereal bars, and delicious danishes – these pre-made items are perfect for a quick pick-me-up.  But they are all high in sodium.

Yogurt parfait? 200mg of sodium.  Chocolate croissant?  250mg of sodium.  That blueberry muffin?  450 mg of sodium.  And your delicious bagel shmear?  Say hello to over 800mg of sodium, which is almost half of the recommended 2,000 mg of sodium a day (for those who aren’t sodium sensitive).

But don’t pass off sunrise snacks quite yet.  There are some ready-made, low sodium options that will fill you with the metabolism-boosting nutrients you need in no time.  You may have to get a bit creative, but there are easy ways to replicate your favorite morning bites without all the salt. Instead of that chocolate croissant, swap in a slice of no salt added bread (10mg) and some hazelnut spread (15).

For more low sodium solutions, check out this article on ArthritisToday.com for grocery store tips that will help you start your day off on the right foot.  Or at least the right bite.  Eat well and chow on.

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